Revenge of the Ninja (1983) – Sho Kosugi – The Best Movie You Never Saw

Last Updated on August 2, 2021

Cannon Films is legendary as far as eighties action flicks go. An independent company headed by Israeli cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, the two became famous (or infamous) for a run of schlocky eighties B-movies. Their action movies, while cheesy, are a ton of fun, with them making icons out of Chuck Norris (with the MISSING IN ACTION series), Michael Dudikoff (AMERICAN NINJA) while also doing a whole slew of movies with an aging Charles Bronson (DEATH WISH 2, 3 4 and beyond).

One of their greatest early successes was with ENTER THE NINJA, a movie that starred Franco Nero as a white-ninja pitted. While big, nobody remembered it for Nero, and the choice was made to center the quasi-sequel, REVENGE OF THE NINJA, around the actor who played the villain, Japanese martial artist Sho Kosugi. The result was a movie that quickly became a staple of eighties birthday parties, and one of the better American martial arts films of the era.

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